Sept. 13, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The men's tennis team picked up seven match wins against N.C. State in the second day of competition at the PSU Fall Classic. One of the Tide's victories came in doubles play, while the other six came in singles action.
"We had some good performances today in singles, but I was a little disappointed with our doubles," said head coach Billy Pate. "We're trying different combinations, but at some point we'll need some guys to establish themselves. We have a lot of time to work on it and that is the benefit of the fall season. Overall, it was another positive effort against a solid N.C. State team."
The No. 14 duo of Mathieu Thibaudeau and Dan Buikema earned Alabama's solo point in doubles with an 8-6 win over the Wolfpack's Jay Weinacker and Christian Welte. In singles play, No. 45 Saketh Myneni had the first victory for the Tide taking the match against N.C. State's Welte in three sets 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. Next up, Buikema defeated Derek Stephens in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, while teammate Michael Jung also finished victorious with a 7-6, 6-4 decision over Jaime Pulgar. Trey Walston and Ricky Doverspike each advanced in two sets with Walston winning 6-4, 6-2 and Doverspike 7-5, 6-2. Despite trailing after the first, the Tide's Houssam Yassine came back to take a close match from the Wolfpack's Freddy Prandecki 4-6, 7-5, 7-6.
Alabama wraps up at the PSU Fall Classic Sunday when it takes on competitors from both Pepperdine and Princeton. Match start time is set for 8:30 a.m. (CST).
Thibaudeau/Buikema (Alabama) def. Weinacker/ Welte (N.C. State) (8-6)
Stephens/Pulgar (N.C. State) def. Myneni/Jung (Alabama) (8-6)
Lowe/Prandecki (N.C. State) def. Felsenthal/Blanchard (Alabama) (8-5)
Sullivan/Chermak (N.C. State) def. Doverspiek/Waltson (8-6)
Jay Weinacker (N.C. State) def. Mathieu Thibaudeau (Alabama) (6-0, 6-3)
Saketh Myneni (Alabama) def. Christian Welte (N.C. State) (6-7, 7-6, 6-4)
Dan Buikema (Alabama) def. Derek Stephens (N.C. State) (6-4, 6-2)
Michael Jung(Alabama) def. Jaime Pulgar (N.C. State) (7-6, 6-4)
Trey Waltson (Alabama) def. Rob Lowe (N.C. State) (6-4, 6-2)
Houssam Yassine (Alabama) def. Freddy Prandecki (4-6, 7-5, 7-6)
Ricky Doverspike(Alabama) def. David Chermak(N.C. State) (7-5, 6-2)
Julian Sullivan (N.C. State) def. Creighton Blanchard (4-6, 7-5, 7-6)